PHOTO REPORT: Universal Studios Japan November 2020 (Holiday Decor Everywhere, Hot Butterbeer Returns, Low Wait Times, and MORE!)
It’s the happy Christmas season here at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, so we figured we’d take another loop around the park and soak up the spirit of the holiday season! So without further ado, let’s see how they celebrate Christmas in Osaka!
Outside the park, banners featuring beloved USJ friends like Snoopy, Elmo, and the Minions are on display along with the words “Happy Christmas”. Sure sets up the holiday spirit!
These same banners also hang along Hollywood Boulevard under the canopy.
There’s also plenty of garland and ornaments on exteriors like Beverly Hills Gifts!
Under the canopy, we were able to catch Woody and Winnie Woodpecker in their hliday garb, featuring Christmas trees and snowmen as well as cute little present pincushion hats!
The open-air side of the Universal Studios Store exterior is currently under scaffolding, most likely for some touch-ups.
The new GoTo Travel domestic travel discount campaign is in full force nationwide in Japan, and Universal Studios Japan is offering a heavily discounted park ticket that also comes with discount coupons for shops and restaurants around the park. Guests must exchange these coupons in a soundstage within the park after they enter. But beware, the line can be as long as 90 minutes on a busy day!
Another new sign we saw around the park since our last visit was this new “MASK REQUIRED” sign in both English and Japanese. In our experience, however, Guests have been very compliant with mask mandates, with few isolated incidents based on anecdotal observation.
The Mario Store is also down to queues of only a handful of people, if any. This is a stark contrast from last month, where lines reached as long as 60-90 minutes even on weekdays! This store is home to the “Whose Cap?” line, which you can also find here on UPNT!
Next door, it looks like Hello Kitty is decked out for the holidays, with whiteish purple trees flanking the front doors, along with heart-shaped ornaments!
Wait times were fairly low at the park since it was a weekday. Even the most popular attraction, STAND BY ME Doraemon 2 XR Ride, was only at two hours, with just over an hour for Hollywood Dream – The Ride and Backdrop.
Around Mel’s Stage, home to shows like Happy Christmas Street Party and Power of Pop: Christmas Edition, these new snowflake markers have taken the place of the zombie markers from Halloween to ensure social distancing among Guests.
Over at Hollywood Dream – The Ride, the five songs available to Guests are as follows:
“Osaka Lover ~Special Edition” for USJ~ by Dreams Come True
“Gurenge” by LiSA
“Osaka Tokyo” by Exile Atsushi and Koda Numi
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
“Bad” by Michael Jackson
“Osaka Tokyo” is scheduled to be part of the attraction through November 29th, and “Gurenge” is set to depart on January 31st, 2021.
Over in New York, the scaffolding covering one of the fake exteriors for Terminator 2 3-D has disappeared since our last visit in October.
While we originally predicted that New York Christmas Wish would take place on this newly-completed stage, as had last year’s Christmas show Crystal Promise, it seems that this stage will remain dormant this holiday.
In Amity Village and other areas across the park, these little gas heaters have been installed to keep Guests warm in the chilly Osaka winter. Although it was about 70 degrees and they were still turned on so if anything, it almost felt like summer again.
Right in front of Universal Wonderland, the Hello Kitty, Elmo, and Snoopy statues have been dressed up for the holidays along with a Christmas tree that seems to pay a bit of homage to the world-famous A Charlie Brown Christmas tree… albeit a bit more living.
As the sun sets on Universal Studios Japan and Osaka, you can be sure that your day was well worth the visit, and ours were too. Hope we get to see you next time here from Universal Studios Japan! Until then, happy holidays!